Throughout his life, the king has, from time to time and in the right circumstances, stepped back allowed others to seek the limelight and learned from holding back.

"Once upon a time, there was a wise man who chose to hold back."

The notion of holding back

Being cautious and disinclined to act or to do more than what is strictly necessary. Being modest and reluctant to draw attention to oneself. In relation to Executive Presence, holding back can be a weakness as well as a strength.

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